Author Archives: Allan Sand

(FAQ) Game Rules - Straight Pool

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These series of "Game Rules' provide rules of many different games for the pool table. The rules here have been simplified from the official versions - to make them a little easier to understand.

There are other games that have been invented, copyrighted and generally available to the playing public. Web searches will turn these up and the rules printed out for use.

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(FAQ) Got any pool jokes?

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Two shooters play a "4-ahead" race. The first player wins the toss, breaks and runs four games in a row. The second player says he needs a spot. The first player says, "Can't do that. I haven't seen you play." Continue reading

(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 8 - advantage & distadvantagein varying

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At it's most basic, the pool table is a small battlefield. An excerpt from "The Art of War" is provided with how it applies to the competition between opponents.

This segment is from:

Chapter 8 - Variation in tactics

Hence in the wise leader’s plans, considerations of advantage and of disadvantage will be blended together....

(If this is the first post you've seen, read the AWAP Introduction & instructions post.)

This information considers how battlefield strategies and tactics can be used to win more games. If this seems interesting, read these AWAP posts.

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(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - CB Speed Control, Slow (Advanced) Test Group

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Billiards Skills Competition Training Program

Here is Today's Test Group Challenge from the book. This progressive set develops personal confidence when similar shots come up during competition - and define Comfort Zone limitations.

PURPOSE:  Shoot the cue ball to stop on the designated target area.

This is the Speed Control, Slow (Advanced) Test Group. There is also an Intermediate Test Group. Continue reading

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Double 3 Ball Runout Game (diagonal), version 4 of 4

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This progressive exercise to improve your playing skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

Purpose: Runout all the balls on the table. Set the sequence before running the balls. Any failure, reset balls and start again. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 10, Set 12

Cue Ball Control Cheat Sheets

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you learn HOW to apply an exact speed and spin. That precision is how to get perfect shape on the second ball - and how to string a run together. For these layouts here are the Cheats for this post:

  • Cheat: 1:30, Soft 3 speed.
  • Cheat: 10:30, Soft 3 speed.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 9, Set 2

Cue Ball Control Cheat Sheets

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you learn HOW to apply an exact speed and spin. That precision is how to get perfect shape on the second ball - and how to string a run together. For these layouts here are the Cheats for this post:

  • Cheat: 1:30, Medium 3 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:30, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Medium 2 speed.
    Stun, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: Stun, Medium 1 speed.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Study Your Opponent

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox.

You need to put serious effort into learning about your opponent. To start with, every person can only play so many shots at one session before his game starts to disintegrate. He has good abilities to focus, think, and select decent choices when he starts. An opponent is less effective when he is mentally and/or physically exhausted. Continue reading